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FTSE Today: Stocks fall as geopolitics, US rates, and Dr. Martens weigh

London stocks closed lower on Tuesday as investor sentiment soured due to rising geopolitical tensions and fading hopes for US interest rate cuts. The FTSE 100 fell 1.8%, the FTSE 250 dropped 1.8%, and the …

London stocks closed lower on Tuesday as investor sentiment soured due to rising geopolitical tensions and fading hopes for US interest rate cuts. The FTSE 100 fell 1.8%, the FTSE 250 dropped 1.8%, and the AIM All-Share closed down 1.6%.

DS Smith Takeover Agreed

DS Smith agreed to a £5.8 billion takeover from New York-listed International Paper. The deal values each DS Smith share at 415p, though the stock fell 4%.

M&A Activity

TClarke surged 29% after agreeing to a £90.6 million takeover from Regent Gas. Hostmore jumped 5.6% as it announced a merger with its franchisor TGI Fridays.

Dr. Martens Plunges

Dr. Martens shares plunged 29% after issuing a profit warning, with pre-tax profit for the year to March 2025 expected to be significantly lower than the previous year. CEO Kenny Wilson announced he will step down after this year.

Superdry Unveils Turnaround Plan

Superdry shares dropped over 22% as the company revealed a turnaround plan, including a potential delisting from the London Stock Exchange and a £10 million equity raise.

Daily Risers and Fallers

FTSE All-Share risers:
Enquest 5.2%, Topps Tiles 4.8%, Schroder Eur.R 4.0%, STVG 3.5%, Residential Sec 2.6%.
FTSE All-Share fallers:
Dr. Martens -29.4%, Auction Technology Group -15.6%, Petrofac -12.1%, Seraphim Sp -9.8%, Molten Ventures -8.0%.

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